Calvin Britain

Calvin Britain
8th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
Governor Robert McClelland
Preceded by William M. Fenton
Succeeded by Andrew Parsons
Member of the Michigan Senate
In office
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1800-12-31)December 31, 1800
Jefferson County, New York US
Died January 18, 1862(1862-01-18) (aged 61)
St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan, US
Resting place Saint Joseph City Cemetery
St. Joseph, Berrien County
Michigan, US
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) unmarried
Parents Gen. Calvin Britain
Profession Landowner

Calvin Britain (December 31, 1800 – January 18, 1862) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of the U. S. state of Michigan.


Britain was born in Jefferson County, New York. Britain came from New York to Michigan in 1827 and for a time was a teacher at the Carey Mission at Niles, Michigan.


In 1829 Britain and Augustus Newell acquired the lands on which the business portion of St. Joseph was later built. Newell built the first hotel in 1831 known as the "Mansion House". The government surveyed the land in 1830, and Britain laid out the plat of the village in 1831 calling it Newburyport. Britain also built a warehouse and bought and sold real estate.[1] The name of the town was changed to St. Joseph in 1834.

As a Democrat, Britain was a member of the Legislative Council of Michigan Territory from 1832 to 1835, Michigan Senate from 1835 to 1837, Michigan House of Representatives from 1847 to 1851, and member of the Constitutional Convention of 1850. Due to changes to the Michigan Constitution adopted at that convention, he was elected to a one-year term as the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Michigan[2] with Governor Robert McClelland.

Death and legacy

Britain never married and resided in St. Joseph until his death there in 1862. He is interred at Saint Joseph City Cemetery, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Calvin Township in Cass County, Michigan, is named for him.[3]


  1. Coolidge, Orville W. (1906). A Twentieth Century History of Berrien County Michigan, p. 172. The Lewis Publishing Company.
  2. Coolidge, Judge Orville W. a twentieth century history of berrien county michigan. 1906 the University of Michigan. p. 172.
  3. Rogers, Howard S. (1875). History of Cass County, from 1825 to 1875, p. 208. W.H. Mansfield.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Fenton
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Andrew Parsons
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